Linked by David Adams on Sun 20th Jun 2010 03:06 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft has Windows Mobile 6.x (on the way out) Windows Phone 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and then Windows 7 for tablet PCs and netbooks. What this bevy of systems is missing is a coherent answer for the tablet form factor. Windows Embedded Compact 7, which is the OS aimed at the mobile sector, isn't yet released, and when it is, it won't have a uniform UI, but will depend on hardware vendors to customize. It's an appealing strategy from the vendors point of view, I guess because they get to differentiate their products from their competitors, but it's not a recipe for success.
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gtada
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Innovation requires R&D. R&D requires a lot of money. Why not learn from the lessons learned by others?

You think the soft keyboards are a "style" thing? You're crazy. Most likely it's a cost issue related to manufacturing. Capacitive touchscreens are most likely expensive, and so are the keyboards. Physical keyboards add cost and add a potential point of failure. The smartphone market is hyper-competitive, and cost IS an issue. They probably chose to include one or the other (cap. touchscreen or keyboard), but I doubt it was a style issue.

When have netbooks ever been "innovative"? Again I think you're crazy. A miniature laptop is still just a laptop. Hell, Toshiba built their Libretto LAPTOP ages ago. This "netbook" thing was just a marketing ploy by Asus to sell their EEE's.

Dell had a Latitude XT laptop a few years back... multitouch and stylus support. The Asus "netbooks" are just smaller versions of that.

I have yet to see any true innovation from any netbook manufacturer. Apple did a lot of the heavy lifting and came out with a great solution; why wouldn't the others take advantage?

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